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I'm Lystrialle and I'm a folk/neofolk producer who uses :vocalo_v5: and sometimes :utau: (but really, I'm up for anything)!

I mostly make songs in English, often with and , and I also put out an album earlier this year!

And here's the most recent song I posted:

Oh, I guess I'm also a web admin for VocaLounge now 😊

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Current household

:vocalo_v5: Amy, Chris, Kaori, Ken, VY1, VY2, Cyber Diva, CYBER Songman
:vocalo_v4: VY1, Kagamine Rin/Len (Japanese/English), Nekomura Iroha (Natural/Soft), Ruby, Dex, Daina, UNI
:vocalo_v3: VY1, Mew, VY2, Avanna, Merli, MAYU, MEIKO, KAITO, SeeU
:vocalo_v1: MIRIAM, KAITO, MEIKO

And of course I have my own :utau:, Hana

Does anyone else have a problem where it's hard to compose anything before 6 PM, or is it just me?

Happy 13th, Miku!
(She's too old to eat off the kids' menu now 🤭)

I'm coming out of my hole to say: happy (upcoming) birthday to our lady and savior Hatsune Miku, may she live forever

Thing I do in the background that I didn't realize was probably not obvious: I have to use different English and Japanese fonts in the same video and carefully align them to look like the same font, because most Japanese fonts don't have good Roman character kerning.

A lot of people have been doing casual/non-purposed/AMA-style livestreams lately...I feel like it would be fun, but would anyone be interested? 💦

Vocaloid (UTAU especially) is probably unusual in that it lowers the music making entry gate significantly for beginners, so even high schoolers can try it out, but in actuality, normally it's much more intimidating and expensive. Even to maintain this as a hobby requires money and time investment that's inevitably more accessible as an adult. Moreover, I imagine few (if any) are making their music "for kids" and in fact most would be dismayed to see their work perceived as having an age limit.

If you ever get the urge to ask someone "why don't you own [vocalsynth product]", the correct answer is "pay me and we'll see".

I think we should make a vocalsynth webring. Like, just go full 2000s and properly introduce Miku to early 2000s webpages. Make a shrine to your favorite character with a hit counter and one of those "web clap" thingies.

Real talk, an invaluable part of the reason I like making Vocaloid work is *because* I'm really proud to be one of so many super awesome and talented creators, not just to work with them but also to consider myself one of them, and it's a huge source of motivation for me, so.

Anyway, congrats to the Kotonoha sisters on their SynthV announcement!

In 2014 I convinced myself that since I'm just a "hobby" composer, I have no good justification for getting a hard drive larger than 1 TB. Today, I'm looking at my list of VSTs and my current hard drive allotment and feeling a bit irritated at my past self...

Plus, the idea of a "starter" only works when you're assuming someone has a long-term plan of buying multiple, but in actuality money is limited and sometimes you really just want one or a few that'll fit what you need without spending too much's a multifaceted issue.

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This goes for the sentiment of using programming quality as the sole determiner in general. Sure, a voice I like might be "harder to use", but a "quality" vocal that doesn't match any of my desired use cases will be even harder to work with.

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Every so often I hear about the "starter vocalsynth" again, and...I do get it to a certain degree, but I think this is a myth. Vocalsynth is hard in general; you'll have much more motivation during the learning curve if you like the voice than with an "easy" one you're meh on.

Anyway, I have two things to say here:
1) I tried out Miku Tap Wonder and noticed MEIKO was consistently the last unlock. Normally I'd object, but it ends up making her consistently the Most Powerful, so I'll accept this.

2) It's my birthday today. :)

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Hello everyone ~ I'm sorry I've completely vanished the last month, as you probably guessed given what I said before vanishing it was another mental health and self-care thing. I'm doing okay, though, and I figure it's not good for me to withdraw completely in public. Unfortunately, coupled with "mental health withdrawal" did come "writer's block" so that's also why you haven't heard anything from me lately. But I don't really *enjoy* doing nothing (as I said earlier), so, enough is enough!

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